U.S. venture firms raise $7.4 bln from 78 funds in Q2 ’14

According to Thomson Reuters and the NVCA, U.S. venture firms raised $7.4 billion from 78 funds during the second quarter of 2014. The number of funds represents a 42 percent increase from the same period in 2013 as well as a 24 percent increase from the first quarter of 2014. Also, the number of funds that raised capital during the second quarter of 2014 hit a seven-year high since the fourth quarter of 2007 when 83 funds raised capital for venture investing.

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Venture capital fund performance continues to make gains

Venture capital fund performance continued to make gains across most time horizons as of December 31, 2013, according to the National Venture Capital Association’s performance benchmark, the Cambridge Associates LLC U.S Venture Capital Index®. The quarterly, 1-, 3-, 5- and 10-year horizons all showed higher returns with the 15-year horizon down from the previous quarter and the 20-year horizon unchanged.

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NVCA honors Heesen with lifetime achievement at VentureScape

Mark Heesen, former president of the National Venture Capital Association, was honored at the group’s annual meeting in San Francisco with its Lifetime Achievement Award. At the group’s VentureScape conference, Heesen was praised for his commitment to transparency and for helping to establish the NVCA as the definitive source for data, commentary and insight about the venture community. Heesen was with the NVCA for more than 20 years, including 14 years as its president. He announced last year his retirement from the nation’s top lobbyist organization for the venture industry.

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Midwest venture tries to up its game: VCJ

Midwest venture investing has been on an upswing over the past few years. A lot of this has to do with activity in Illinois, where the Chicago startup ecosystem has grown, affiliate publication Venture Capital Journal reports. But other states are trying to pull their own weight.

Venture backed IPOs post best year since 2007

Venture backed IPOs had a banner year in 2013 with 82 offerings completed, the most since 2007, according to a report from the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters, publisher of peHUB.

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Corporate takeover

With corporate venture investing now approaching levels not seen since the dot-com boom, a key question remains: “Is it different this time?”

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The micro-cap IPO disappearing act

Decimalization has clearly damaged the market for small-cap IPOs. The VC industry would be “much healthier if we went back to the days when stocks traded in 1/8 or even 1/4 dollar increments for small companies,” writes guest blogger Mark Siegel of Menlo Ventures.

Study finds rising activity from patent trolls

Seventy percent of venture capitalists and one in three startup companies have received patent assertions, or claims from patent trolls, according to a new survey from the National Venture Capital Association and the Institute for Innovation Law at University of California Hastings. Eighty percent of survey respondents indicated that the number of patent demands they have received increased over the past five years, the report found.

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Venture fundraising remains anemic in 3Q

Venture fundraising remained anemic in the third quarter with 56 funds raising $4.1 billion, according to a study released Monday. The dollar total was down 21% from the third quarter of last year and dollars committed during the first three quarters of the year are down 29%.

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For VCs, SEC Ruling Should Make Fundraising a Bit Easier

The lifting of the ban on general solicitations will likely have the biggest impact on emerging managers seeking new limited partners. But even established VCs should benefit from the change, at the very least because it means they can now publicly discuss fundraising plans.

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